Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Thursday, April 14th, 2022

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The Deputy Speaker of the House, Rep. Ahmed Idris Wase presided.

After leading the opening prayer and the National Pledge, the Deputy Speaker approved the votes and proceedings for Wednesday, April 13th, 2022
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COMMUNICATION FROM THE PRESIDENT

1. Transmission of Money Laundering Provision Bill 2022 and the Terrorism Provision Bill 2022 for consideration and passage by the House of Representatives. The transmission of the Bills are to forestall the international blacklisting of Nigeria that may arise due to the non-implementation of the laws.
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PETITION

1. Rep. Chudi Momah laid a petition on behalf of a complainant against the strangling practices of the Department of Outdoor Advertisement against him. He craved the intervention of the House to resolve the infringement.

2. Rep. Chinedu Ogah laid a petition on behalf of a complainant against the infringement of his right by the Nigeria Correctional Center. He craved the intervention of the House to resolve the infringement.

Both petitions were referred to the House Committee on Public Petitions.
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PRESENTATION OF BILLS

1. Witness Protection and Management Bill, 2022 (HB. 1970) (Senate) – First Reading.

2. Tertiary Education Trust Fund Act (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 1971) (Rep. Obinna Chidoka) – First Reading.

3. Nursing and Midwifery (Registration Etc.) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 1972) (Rep. Obinna Chidoka) – First Reading.

4. Utilities Charges Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2022(HB. 1973) (Rep. Obinna Chidoka) – First Reading.

5. National Productivity Centre Act (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 1974) (Rep. Obinna Chidoka) – First Reading.
6. Employee’s Compensation Act (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 1975) (Rep. Obinna Chidoka) – First Reading.

7. Survey Co-ordination Act (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 1975) (Rep. Abubakar Ahmed Ndakene) – First Reading.

8. Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Development Act (Amendment) Bill, 2022(HB. 1976) (Rep. Abubakar Ahmed Ndakene) – First Reading.

9. Corporate Bodies (Members Emolument) Act (Repeal) Bill, 2022(HB. 1977) (Rep. Abubakar Ahmed Ndakene) – First Reading.

10. Marriage Act (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 1978) (Rep. Abubakar Ahmed Ndakene) – First Reading.

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PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

1. Report of the Conference Committee on Federal Medical Centres, (Establishment) Bill:
Rep. Muhammad Wudil:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Conference Committee on a Bill for an Act to Provide for the Establishment of Federal Medical Centres; and for Related Matters”

The report was laid following a motion moved by Rep. Muhammad Wudil and seconded by Rep. Bello Usman Kumo

2. Report of the Conference Committee Federal University of Agriculture, Kabba, (Establishment) Bill:
Rep. Cook Olododo:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Conference Committee on a Bill for an Act to Establish the Federal University of Agriculture, Kabba to make Comprehensive Provisions for Its Due Management and Administration; and for Related Matters”

Laying of the report stepped down by leave of the House

3. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
Rep. Aminu Suleiman:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Establish Federal College of Education, Idere to Provide Full-Time Courses, Teaching, Instructions and Training in Technology, Applied Science, Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities and Management; and to Provide for Appointment of the Provost and other Officers of the College, to Carry out the Administration and the Discipline of Students of the College and for Related Matters (HB 309) (Referred:20/1/2022).

The report was laid following a motion moved by Rep. Aminu Suleiman and seconded by Rep. John Dyegh.

4. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
Rep. Aminu Suleiman:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Establish the Federal Polytechnic, Ayete, Oyo State to Provide Courses leading to the Award of Diploma, Higher National Diploma and Allieds for the Administration of the Institution: and for Related Matters (HB 310) (Referred:24/11/2021).

The report was laid following a motion moved by Rep. Aminu Suleiman and seconded by Rep. John Dyegh.

5. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
Rep. Aminu Suleiman:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Establish National Institute of Industrial Technology, Kwale to Provide for its functions and Management and for Related Matters (HB. 946) (Referred: 24/11/2021).

The report was laid following a motion moved by Rep. Aminu Suleiman and seconded by Rep. John Dyegh.

6. Committee on Pensions:
Rep. Kabiru Alhassan Rurum:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Pensions on a Bill for an Act to Amend the Pension Reform Act, 2014 to Provide for Exemption of the Nigeria Police Force from the Contributory Pension Scheme; and for Related Matters (HB. 1578)” (Referred: 21/9/2021).

The report was laid following a motion moved by Rep. Kabiru Rurum and seconded by Rep. Shettima Ali.

7. Committees on Land Transport, Ports Harbours, Works, Housing and Habitats, Ecological Fund:
Rep. Abbas Tajudeen:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committees on Land Transport, Ports Harbours, Works, Housing and Habitats, Ecological Fund on the Need to Investigate the Abandoned Baro Part, 19 Months after Commissioning by President Muhammadu Buhari” (HR.20/07/2020) (Referred:14/7/2020).

Laying of the report stepped down by leave of the House
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ORDERS OF THE DAY

BILLS

1. A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Customs and Excise Management Act, Cap.C45, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact the Nigeria Customs Service Bill; and for Related Matters (HB.1729) – Third Reading.

Debate
Rep. Peter Akpatason moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha.

The Bill was read the third time and passed.

2. A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal Medical Centre, Deba, Gombe State; and for Related Matters (HB.1847) – Third Reading.

Debate
Rep. Peter Akpatason moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Usman Bello Kumo.

The Bill was read the third time and passed.

3. A Bill for an Act to Establish National Institute of Oil and Gas Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies, Egbema, Imo State and to make Comprehensive Provisions for Its Due Management and Administration, provide for Detailed Identification of Areas in Oil and Gas Technology and Skills Acquisition, Entrepreneurial Studies; and for Related Matters (HB.1212) – Third Reading.

Debate
Rep. Peter Akpatason moved for the third reading of the Bill.

The Bill was read the third time and passed.

4. A Bill for an Act to Establish Real Estate Regulatory Council of Nigeria to provide Efficient, Effective and Transparent Administration of the Business of Real Estate Development and Prescribe Minimum Standards for the Conduct of the Business of Real Estate Development in Nigeria, Promote the Real Estate Sector and Ensure the Development, Sales and Lease of Plot, Apartment or Building (Landed Property) in a Transparent Manner, to Provide globally Acceptable Standards of Service and Transparent Administration of the Business of Real Estate Development and Prescribe Minimum Standards for the Conduct of the Business of Real Estate Development in the Federal Capital Territory; and for Related Matters (HBs. 1759, 1739 and 1896) (Senate, Rep. Ahmad Kalambaina, Rep. Blessing Onuh and Nine Others) – Second Reading.

Debate
Rep. Peter Akpatason moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Blessing Onuh.

The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the Committee of the Whole.

5. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria Act, Cap. A12, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to make provisions for Establishment of Federal College of Agriculture, Kumo; and for Related Matters (HB. 955) (Rep. Usman Bello Kumo) – Second Reading.

Debate
Rep. Bello Usman Kumo moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Bitrus Laori.

The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the House Committee on Agricultural Colleges and Institutions.

6. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Appropriation Act, 2022 in Order to Provide for Premium Motor Spirit Subsidy and make Adjustments on the Schedule; and for Related Matters (HB.1860) ((Leader) – Second Reading.

Debate
Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Igariwey Enwo.

The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the Committee of Supply.
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MOTIONS

7. Re-Committal of Nigerian Maritime Security Trust Fund Bill:
Rep. Abubakar Hassan Fulata:

The House:

Notes that the Nigerian Maritime Security Trust Fund Bill was passed by the National Assembly and transmitted to the President for assent;

Observes that some fundamental issues which require fresh legislative action by the National Assembly emerged after a critical analysis of the Bill by the Presidency;

Cognizant of the need to recommit the Bill to address the fundamental issues raised in the Bill;

Resolves to:

Rescind its decision on the Bill as passed and re-commit same to the Committee of the Whole for reconsideration.

Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved the motion on the re-committal of Nigerian Maritime Security Trust Fund Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Shettima Ali.

The motion was voted on and adopted.

8. Need to Address Flood and Erosion Activities in Misau/Dambam Federal Constituency in Bauchi State:
Rep. Ibrahim Makama Misau:

The House:

Notes that Diya and Misau in Dambam Federal Constituency of Bauchi State are constantly devastated by flood and erosion due to the destruction of the Dam in the area;

Also notes that the communities of Jalam, Dagauda, Dambam, Zadawa, Tofu, Hardawa, Gwaram, Akuyam, Kafin Sule, Beti, Ajili/Gugulin and some parts of Misau have suffered from floodings in recent times with devastating effects on lives, properties and the environment;

Concerned that the constant flooding and erosions, persistent heavy rainfall may be a result of the global effects of climate change;

Worried that the cultural heritage of the annual fishing festival, which is already negatively affected by annual flooding and erosion may be lost completely if the situation is not addressed;
Resolves to:

(i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and the Federal Ministry of Environment to include the affected areas in their mapping of erosion-prone areas immediately;

(ii) also urge the Hadeja/Jama’are River Basin to include the affected communities in its 2022 policy on the reconstruction of dilapidated Dams across the country and consider re-drainage of Diya Dam in Dambam Local Government and Maladumba Dam in Misau Local Government Area;

(iii) further urge the Ecological Fund Office to immediately commence the reconstruction of the erosion site in the affected areas in Misau/Dambam Federal Constituency;

(iv) mandate the Committees on Environment and Ecological Fund to ensure compliance.

Motion stepped down by leave of the House

9. Call for Rehabilitation of Afaha Obonmg-Iwuem Federal Road in Akwa Ibom State:
Rep. Aniekan Umanah:

The House:

Notes that economic activities thrive more in communities where there are good access roads for the movement of farm produce, goods and services from one point to another;

Also notes that the 41 kilometers Afaha Obong-Iwukem is a Federal Road that traverses Abak and Etim Ekpo Local Government Areas in Akwa Ibom State and is also a major connection to Aba in Abia State and Port Harcourt in Rivers State;

Concerned that the road has collapsed around the vicinities of Uruk Ata Ikot Ekpo, Etok Nto Obo and Obo Ekpo Communities in Etim and has caused untold hardship as motorists and commuters spend long hours due to its dilapidated state;

Recalls that the road was reconstructed in 2009 by the Government of Akwa Ibom State after over 50 years of neglect by the Federal Government;

Worried that the deplorable condition of the road has brought untold hardships to the people who rely on it to transport their goods and services;

Concerned that the distance which would have been covered in less than 30 minutes now takes several hours, especially around the failed sections of the road;

Cognizant that if nothing is done urgently to rehabilitate the road, it would continue to deteriorate and pose security threats to the lives of commuters, thus hampering socio-economic activities and growth in the area;

Resolves to:

(i) Urge the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to urgently intervene and rehabilitate failed portions of the Afaha Obong-Iwukem road to ease the hardship experienced by the people;

(ii) mandate the Committee on FERMA to ensure compliance.

Motion stepped down by leave of the House
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CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS (HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE AND SUPPLY) Rep. Ahmed Idris Wase chaired:

10. Committee on Finance:
Rep. James Faleke:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Finance on the Request by the President for Revision of the 2022 Fiscal Framework and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 12/4/2022).

(i) that the Oil price benchmark of US$73 per barrel be approved;
(ii) that Oil production volume of 1.600 million per day be approved;
(iii) that Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) subsidy of N4.00 trillion be approved;
(iv) that a cut in the provision for Federally Funded upstream projects being implemented by N200 billion from N352.80 billion be approved;
(v) that an increase in the projection for Federal Government Independent Revenue by N400 billion be approved ;
(vi) that an additional provision of N182.45 billion to cater for the needs of the Nigeria Police Force be approved;
(vii) that domestic debt service provision of N76.13 billion, and net reductions in Statutory Transfers by N66.07 billion, as follows:

(a) that Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), by N13.46 billion from N102.78 billion to N89.32 billion;
(b) that North East Development Commission (NEDC), by N6.30 billion from N48.08 billion to N41.78 billion;
(c) that Universal Basic Education (UBEC), by N23.16 billion from N112.29 billion to N89.13 billion;
(d) that the Basic Health Care Fund, by N11.58 billion from N56.14 billion to N44.56 billion; and
(e) that NASENI, by N11.58 billion from N56.14 billion to N44.56 billion.
(viii) that the Fiscal Deficit of N7.35 trillion be approved;

Report adopted.

11. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Appropriation Act, 2022 in Order to Provide for Premium Motor Spirit Subsidy and make Adjustments on the Schedule; and for Related Matters (HB.1860) (Leader) – Committee of Supply:14/4/2022.

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa explained that the amendments were needed for the schedule of PMS to ensure its availability and supply to Nigerians with ease. He pleaded with Honorable Members to approve the clauses in the spirit of national unity and patriotism.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and approved: 1-8

12. Report of the Conference Committee on Federal Medical Centres (Establishment) Bill:
Rep. Muhammad Wudil:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Conference Committee on a Bill for an Act to Provide for the Establishment of Federal Medical Centres; and for Related Matters and approve the recommendations therein”

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Muhammad Wudil stated that the Bill seeks to give much legal backing to the operation of the Federal Medical Centers. The report is the harmonization of the Senate and House of Representatives’ report. He begged Honorable Members to approve the clauses.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and approved: 1-28

13. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
Rep . Aminu Suleiman:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Establish Federal College of Education, Omu-Aran to Provide Full-Time Courses, Teaching, Instructions and Training in Technology, Applied Science, Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities and Management and to Provide for Appointment of Provost and other Officers of the College, to carry out the Administration and the Discipline of Students of the College; and for Related Matters (HB. 131) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 1/7/2021).

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Aminu Suleiman stated that it is an establishment Bill seeking to establish the Federal institution to provide for the educational needs of Nigerians in the region. The Bill was scrutinized by relevant stakeholders which resulted in the recommendations, he added while calling for the objective consideration.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and approved: 1-23

14. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
Rep. Aminu Suleiman:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Establish Federal College of Education, Elebele Ogbia, Bayelsa State to provide Full-Time Courses, Teaching, Instructions and Training in Technology, Applied Science, Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities and Management; and Provide for Appointment of the Provost and Other Officers of the College, to carry out Administration and Discipline of Students of the College; and for Related Matters (HB. 1507) (Laid: 22/2/2022)

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Aminu Suleiman stated that it is an establishment Bill seeking to establish the Federal institution to provide for the educational needs of Nigerians in the region. According to him, the Bill was scrutinized by relevant stakeholders which resulted in the recommendations. He called for the objective consideration.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and approved: 1-23

15. Committees on Tertiary Education and Services and Navy:
Rep. Aminu Suleiman:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committees on Tertiary Education and Services and Navy on a Bill For an Act to Establish Admiralty University of Nigeria, Ibusa as Conventional University with Selected Programmes, Limited and Focused Faculties to Promote Scholarship, Research and other Means of Advancement of Knowledge and its Practical Application to Military hardware and software as well as Maritime, Arts, Science and Technology, and Provide an Opportunity for Acquiring a Higher and Liberal Education in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 1339) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 7/4/2022).

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Aminu Suleiman stated the establishment Bill intends to provide academic support for the Armed Forces, though also extended to the general public. The institution will be an innovation, he noted while enjoining Honorable Members to support the recommendations therein.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and approved: 1-22

16. Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream)
Rep. Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) on the Need to Investigate the Importation and Distribution of Adulterated Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) into Nigeria and approve the recommendations therein” (HR.47/02/2022) (Laid: 16/3/2022).

(i) That the Hon. Minister of Petroleum Resources should expedite action for completion of the rehabilitation work and ensure upgrading of the major refineries at Warri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna to meet AFRI5 Specification to boost local refining and reduce over-dependence on imported PMS into Nigeria to avert reoccurrence;

(ii) that the Hon. Minister of State, Petroleum Resources should initiate the adoption of the 2017 PMS Standard (NIS 116:2017) as approved by the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) which include testing for Methanol for future importation of the product into the country to mitigate reoccurrence;

(iii) that the Federal Government should position the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) to implement its mandate to the latter by subjecting all imported white Petroleum and other products to the Offshore conformity assessment and also resume routine quality control of them and other products imported into the country at our various Seaports, Airports and Borders throughout Nigeria as shrined in the Standards Organization of Nigeria enabling Act of 2015. This will finally address the reoccurrence of the importation of off-specification PMS and other substandard goods into Nigeria;

(iv) that based on the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited exoneration, the Four (4) Oil Marketers/Importers (Duke Oil, MRS Oil and Gas, Oando Oil and Emadeb, Energy/Hyde/AY Maikifi/Britannia-U Consortium) did not commit any offense, therefore not recommended for suspension;

(v) that the Federal Government is to note that the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) mandate is also specifically enshrined in item 62 (d) of Part I of the Second Schedule (Exclusive Legislative List), to the 1999 Constitution;

(vi) that the Regulatory Authority in this case Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) should ensure proper housekeeping by working with Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN), Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) and the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) in ensuring water is drained regularly out of the tanks in the Tank Farms, Tankers (trucks) and underground tanks at the service stations;

(vii) that the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) Limited shall maintain local supply and distribution of 90 Million liters daily across the country until normalcy is restored.

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Chudi Momah moved for the consideration and stated that the Committee of the Whole had earlier commenced the consideration of the report, but the consideration was suspended to allow for proper restructuring of the report, which has been done. He called for the favourable resumption of the consideration of the recommendations therein.

Summary of voting:
Recommendations voted on and approved: 1-7
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HOUSE IN PLENARY
The House reverted to plenary and adopted the report of the Committee of the Whole and supply following a motion by Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa and seconded by Rep. Peter Akpatason.
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Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved a motion for the House to suspend its relevant rules to enable it to take the third reading of a selected Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Haruna Mshelia.
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BILL

17. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Appropriation Act, 2022 in Order to Provide for Premium Motor Spirit Subsidy and make Adjustments on the Schedule; and for Related Matters-Third Reading.

Debate
Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Peter Akpatason.

The Bill was read the third time and passed.
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Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved a motion for the House to suspend its relevant rules to enable it to adopt the votes and proceedings of the day and it was seconded by Rep. Miriam Onuoha.
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The Leader of the House, Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved the motion that the House do adopt the votes and proceedings of the day and it was seconded by Rep. Alhassan Rurum.
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Adjournment:
The House at 13:00 adjourned plenary till Tuesday, April 26th, 2022 by 11: 00 following a motion for adjournment moved by the Leader of the House, Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa and seconded by the Deputy Leader, Rep. Peter Akpatason

Courtesy:
Media Unit, Office of the Speaker, House of Representatives.

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